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Grateful Dead Live at Dupont Gymnasium M.I.T. on 1970-05-07

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Grateful Dead Live at Dupont Gymnasium M.I.T. on 1970-05-07

Topics Live concert

Don't Ease Me In, I Know You Rider, Friend Of The Devil, Me & My Uncle, Deep Elem Blues, Candyman, Cumberland Blues, New Speedway Boogie, Black Peter, Uncle John's Band Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', Cold Rain & Snow, Dire Wolf, Easy Wind, Beat It On Down The Line, High Time, Cryptical Envelopement-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Cosmic Charlie, Casey Jones, I'm A King Bee, Not Fade Away-> Turn On Your Love Light-> Darkness Jam-> Turn On Your Love Light

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Dupont Gymnasium M.I.T.
Location Cambridge, MA

Source Audience
Lineage AudMC > ? > 7 inch Reel > DAT > HD > Soundforge > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by Noah Weiner


AudMC > ? > 7" R > DAT > HD > SHN; Taper, mics, and deck unknown; A > D transfer by Noah Weiner; almalgam of different sources; pitch corrected; see info file for mastering and flaw notes; via Audience Devotional Tree


Reviewer: mddichard07 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2011
Subject: still great!
i don't know why people are complaining about the sound quality. The quality gives this recording so much character. My favorite part is when you can hear people screaming for "Alligator" at the end of one song. Really makes me feel like I was there.
All 3 sets are smokers, filled with favorites and unknowns (at the time). I would kill to see a show end with a lovelight that has St. Stephen and China Cat teasers.
Reviewer: notthisplanet - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2009
Subject: ungrateful?
how can people not love shows with this sound quality?
Reviewer: familiarfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2008
Subject: A little Muffled
Aside from light recording I'm impressed with the high spirited St.Stephen Jam.
I think they all must of been feeling good.
Reviewer: lemon lime partridge - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2008
Subject: get me to the world on time
ohhhhhhhh man is this show underrated!!!
insanely beautiful acoustic "rider"... acoustic 1970 new speedway (always incredible) peter is phenominal and this is a spot-on UJB with excellent harmonies, super strong.
i mean, unbelieveable easy wind & high time!? the ending sequence is sublime! pigpen is just full of dirt, booze & soul. this is now my favorite lovelight, by farrrrrrrr.

and please don't let the sound scare you, isolation of instruments isn't so good, but you can feel what's going on and the vocals are clear if a bit harsh at times...sound quality is easily 4 stars+ for a 1970 aud!
Reviewer: jerkwaterdan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2007
Subject: Jerry's Steel Guitar
Other than playing a fantastic set of music with the Dead consider that Jerry played some fantastic stuff on steel guitar with NRPS.He is the lead player with them also. Listen to Jerry's solo on All I Ever Wanted and you will hear what I mean..Really beautiful. Garcia was an amazingly flexible player and his steel guitar just shines with NRPS. As for the Dead's set their are so many standouts, especially Cryptical>Other One>Cosmic Charlie, Easy Wind Dire Wolf and one of the greatest Lovelights ever.
Reviewer: jjjbaggins - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2006
Subject: One of a kind Lovelight!
I don't have a show with a Lovelight this diverse and crazy. It all begins with Bobby giggling at the end of "King Bee" and saying that the band will take a five minute break to figure out what they're doing next. Enter the Frozen Logger rarity, albeit cut, which is always a sure sign that the band is far gone and feeling groovy. Then a frenetic NFA barrels into a one of a kind Lovelight, featuring a fast tempo St. Stephen tease that catches everyone off guard. The first ever Darkness Jam climbs out of a series of short thematic jams until a China Cat tease comes in grinnin', and after everyone else seems to move on Bobby won't let it go. Lovelight resurfaces very smoothly with Pig simply stating ". . .and after all that" like nothing extraordinary just happened. The exclamation by the taper at the end, however, voices everyone's true feelings.
Reviewer: O1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2006
Subject: Dope Show
I have to side with phleshy. This show, regardless of the quality which is not un-listenable, is a must listen! Dead young and adventurous are smokin'. Can I get an Amen for the circa '70 acoustic sets?
Reviewer: phleshy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 16, 2005
Subject: Great show
I will rate this show a 5 on the basis of the Lovelight alone. I don't know what disgruntledgoat is talking about-far less impressive than the beginning of the set? This 31-minute monstrosity of a Lovelight is the peak of the Grateful Dead experience. Forget about the sound quality and instead pay attention to the great music that's being created here. It's a Grateful Dead that's totally different from what I saw in the '90s; a Dead that's full of youthful passion, before Pigpen succombed to the bottle, way before Jerry started smoking heroin, way before Phil started drinking, way before they hired that nails-on-a-blackboard Donna and waaaay before they hired Mr. Cheap $20 synthesizer Vince. This is live music at its best. At the end of Lovelight the taper says "Holy SHIT!", the rightful reaction to this stupendous piece of music.
Reviewer: disgruntledgoat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 18, 2005
Subject: Yeah, it's a crappy AUD. Get over it.
Okay, so the sound quality leaves something to be desired. Once you start listening to the music and not the hiss, something amazing happens: you realize that this show has some incredibly hot moments that shouldn't be missing from anyone's collection.

Although the massive closing jam looks great on the setlist, it's far less impressive than the opening of the second electric set. Good Lovin is outstanding, almost on a par with the version from May 2. Cold Rain is gorgeously plaintive, and Easy Wind is my favorite version ever, September 20 notwithstanding. Pig leads off the jam with a heavy harmonica solo before handing it to Bobby, who lays down some nice chords. At about 5:50, though, Jerry steps in and proceeds to absolutely SHRED it. Kinda reminds me of his solo in Hard to Handle from August 6, 1971 in terms of its sheer ballsiness. The Other One suite also merits a mention as a classic version. You don't need to download the whole show, but no serious collector should pass up the second electric set.
Reviewer: toad16 - favorite - October 6, 2004
Subject: Poor Sound
1970 is my favorite year,but the sound on this is basically unlistenable.
Reviewer: kolagout - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2004
Subject: Good Concert
I was there. Small crowd, sitting on the gym floor.
Pigpen disappeared for a while.
Audio not great, but a good era in Dead history.
3 sets:
acoustic (workingman's dead, etc)
electric dead
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